For the past few years, we've heard that LinkedIn is going to destroy the executive search consultant. A worldwide database can't replace the personal touch in executive search; it's a unique selling point. Every successful executive search consultant has these seven characteristics:

1. In-depth understanding of the industry/practice group

Some of the top consultants are also considered thought leaders in their respective fields. They give presentations at conferences, stay abreast of industry developments, and cultivate a large network of decision-makers and influencers.

2. It is necessary to have the ability to sell and grow a business:

With every candidate call and reference check, top search consultants utilize them as opportunities to build relationships and gain new clients.

3. Execution ability:

There are consultants who know how to work with a team of colleagues. To assist in locating that elusive "needle in a haystack," they are also technologically knowledgeable, investing time and effort into mastering databases and digital networks.

4. Cultural Fit:

Only until collaboration is ingrained in the Executive Search firms’ culture can it reach its full potential. In order to be successful as an executive search consultant, one must work for or start their own business with a firm that has strong core principles and is committed to reinforcing those values.

5. Excellent verbal and nonverbal communication abilities:

Great search consultants not only know what to say, but they also know when to say nothing at all. "Everyone was given two ears and one mouth because there's only so much one person can take in."

6. Leadership:

A collaborative effort is required to carry out a successful retained search. In order to find the appropriate people for their clients, the most successful consultants manage teams that look for the greatest applicants, interview those candidates, and guide their clients to make the correct choices.

7. Grit:

The best executive search consultants put in a lot of effort. Straightforward and to the point. Consultants have to work hard to win business when the market is weak, not only work hard to execute business when the market is terrific. It doesn't matter if the odds are stacked against them or not.

Client loyalty, repeat business, long-term connections, the respect of colleagues and rivals, as well as a solid reputation in their field are all benefits that consultants with these qualities enjoy.

They are thought leaders, salespeople, closers, advisers and they think and act long-term, developing relationships rather than transactions; and they gain the respect of their colleagues, clients, and candidates. One of the greatest benefits of working with an executive search consultant is the positive impact they can have on a company's reputation.